Issue 29 | Summer 2016 

Introducing the New Sustainalytics Reporter

Sustainalytics is delighted to share with you our new corporate newsletter, The Sustainalytics Reporter. Your feedback was instrumental in helping us to enhance the look and feel of the newsletter and focus more on sharing timely, in-depth ESG and corporate governance insights from our thought leaders.

We sincerely appreciate your input and hope you enjoy the streamlined design and current content of the new Sustainalytics Reporter. Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions with us on how we can continue to improve the newsletter at


New ESG Spotlight Reports

Our latest ESG Spotlight Report, The Electric Vehicle Boom: Towards Supply Chain Transparency, examines the environmental and social impacts of lithium-ion battery production and identifies auto manufacturers best positioned to manage these impacts in their supply chain.

We also recently published Succession Planning: Is the Heir Apparent?, which explored the complexities of the issue, highlighting Walt Disney Company as a case study. Click the buttons below to download these ESG Spotlight reports.

New Thematic Report Explores Water Scarcity Issues

Global water demand is surging due to population growth and changing diets, but investment in water supply infrastructure is not keeping pace. In our new report Water Scarcity: Will Investors Be Left High and Dry,? we explore this global issue and offer insight into how investors can manage water-related risks and opportunities. 

Click the buttons below to download the report and to listen to the replay of our recent water scarcity webinar.

Read an Excerpt from the Report

New Sector Update Report

The telecom industry's exposure to reputational and financial risks from data privacy and security issues is rising. Yet, findings from our Sector Update report on the telecom industry show only 38 of 127 covered telecom companies have strong data privacy policies.

Click the button below to download the Sector Update report.

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Other recent thematic research reports published by Sustainalytics can be found on our website:

March 2016 | ESG Spotlight: Narrowing the U.S. Gender Pay Gap

February 2016 | 10 for 2016 - The Paris Agreement: Triumph of the Optimists

January 2016 | Asia Insight: Investing in a Modi-fied India

December 2015 | ESG Spotlight: Fossil Fuel Divestment - A Shareholder Perspective

Research At Work

Cass Business School

Cass Business School and Sustainalytics Collaborate on Responsible Engagement Study

Last March, Sustainalytics and London’s Cass Business School announced a partnership to develop responsible investment research. The partnership was established as part of Sustainalytics’ Academic Program, which offers a range of ESG data to support studies and works with leading academic institutions to produce responsible investment research.

As part of the partnership, Cass and Sustainalytics are developing a report that helps to unlock the ‘black box’ of investor engagement. The report will be published later this month, and the findings will be presented at an event hosted by Cass Business School on Thursday, June 30. For more information on the event or to register, please click here

Case Study: NN Investment Partners

NN Investment Partners (NN IP), a Netherlands-based asset manager, is a long-time user of ESG ratings and data to support its investment process. NN IP attributes its success to a firm-wide commitment to responsible investing, starting at the top of the company, along with collaboration and innovation. 

Read more about NN IP’s ESG investment approach and how it uses Sustainalytics’ tools and expertise to support its efforts.

Morningstar Sustainability Ratings Now Available 

Earlier this year Morningstar Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, made the new Morningstar Sustainability Ratings for funds available across all of its investor research platforms. First released via Morningstar’s asset manager and investment advisor platforms in March, the ratings were later rolled out to individual investors via the websites. Based on the underlying fund holdings and company-level ESG research and ratings from Sustainalytics, the Morningstar Sustainability Ratings help investors evaluate funds based on environmental, social and governance factors. Morningstar now provides Sustainability Ratings for approximately 21,000 mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, encompassing $13 trillion in assets under management, or more than half of fund assets globally. 

In future issues of Sustainalytics Reporter this section will feature various funds and highlight their respective Morningstar Sustainability Ratings.  

Morningstar Sustainability Ratings:
Described as Low to High and depicted by 1 to 5 Globes

Corporate Governance in Focus

Major incidents in the world of corporate governance trigger the creation of a Corporate Governance Insight report, part of Sustainalytics suite of Corporate Governance products. These brief, timely reports capture governance-related events that may have an impact on investors in real time. Click on the button below to read our recent Insight report on the significant changes to the board of directors at Valeant Pharmaceuticals

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Company Upgrades & Downgrades

This section highlights some significant changes in ESG/Corporate Governance scores, controversy ratings and outlook assessments, both positive and negative, for select companies in Sustainalytics' research universe. 

The table below features recent controversy upgrades and downgrades. Follow the link to learn more about the sizable changes in the controvery assessments at Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Takata Corporation and GSK.  Read more > 

Select Controversy Downgrades and Upgrades as of June 16, 2016
Controversy Upgrades and Downgrades

About Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics is an independent ESG and corporate governance research, ratings and analysis firm supporting investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. With 14 offices globally, Sustainalytics partners with institutional investors who integrate environmental, social and governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Today, the firm has more than 250 staff members, including 170 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise of more than 40 sectors. Through the IRRI survey, investors selected Sustainalytics as the best independent responsible investment research firm for three consecutive years, 2012 through 2014 and in 2015, Sustainalytics was named among the top three firms for both ESG and Corporate Governance research.  For more information, visit